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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 21:36

Texas Shop Collects Water for Tornado Victims

A North Dallas auto repair and body shop pitched in to help Oklahoma tornado victims by organizing a water drive and matching the donations case for case.

Linear Automotive Repair in Plano, TX, is an auto repair and full collision repair/body shop servicing the North Dallas area. The owner, Joel Ozbun, asked people on May 24 through his Facebook page to donate water.

“How could we enjoy a Memorial Day weekend with all those victims suffering in Oklahoma? Something had to be done,” he said.

His Facebook post read: “Please open up your wallet and take a little time out of your day to make a difference, it will make you feel better, we promise.”

An hour after the posting, people started showing up with cases of water. The team at Linear Automotive’s body shop put in extra time to keep the shop on schedule due to all the activity from the water donation logistics. There was a steady flow of people and businesses showing up with donations. The original plan was for the staff at Linear Automotive Repair to drive the water up to the Oklahoma victims.

Once the cases of water started stacking up, it was soon obvious that a bigger truck was going to be needed. MLE, a construction company in Plano, TX, heard about what was going on and offered to help transport the water. They supplied three big trucks and trailers to get the job done. The project ended up totaling over 1,200 cases of water and a little more than the trucks and trailers could carry after being loaded to full capacity.

There are too many generous people and businesses that donated to mention, but a few include: MLE Construction in Plano, Main Street Tavern in Richardson, FinishMasters in Dallas, English Color in Plano, O’Reilly Auto Parts in Plano, HHHB, Sapparo Ramen & Sushi in Richardson, and Paul Coon. Paul Coon’s 9-year-old daughter gave her full allowance savings and contributed 12 cases of water on her own.

Linear Automotive Repair services North Dallas including Richardson, Plano, Addison, Garland, Allen, McKinney, Frisco, The Colony, Carrollton, and surrounding areas. Linear specializes in helping people save money with affordable collision repair services and discounts on deductibles whenever possible. Linear Automotive is located at 905 Avenue K in Plano, TX.

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